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To help you plan what to wear in Munich, we had a chat with local fashionista Alex, who gave us style tips on clothes, shoes, and Oktoberfest. Keep reading to find out what she suggested to put together your ultimate packing list for Munich!

 


What to Wear in Munich

Written By: Annie Jarvis


 

 

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Alex is originally from a small town near Nuremberg, Germany and has spent the last three years living and working in Munich. She loves relaxing by the Isar River in the summer and checking out the style of the international businesswomen and expats who live there.

These are her tips on what to wear in Munich year round:

 

 

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Lapel Blazer | Magenta Blazer | Floral Blazer

 

What do people wear in Munich?

 

Munich clothing style is polished, smart, and chic. I would suggest avoiding the sporty look and go for something more sophisticated and cool, like a pair of heels and a leather jacket or smart blazer.

 

Are you looking for the best travel blazer? Find out our top eight picks!

 

 

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Satchel | Sunglasses | Umbrella

 

What should I wear in Munich?

 

Remember, Munich clothing style is polished but always prioritize the weather and your planned activities, when planning your travel wardrobe.

As with any European city, the weather can change in an instant. When planning what to bring to Munich, remember to pack an umbrella alongside your sunglasses no matter when you visit. Toss them in a structured handbag and you’ve got yourself the perfect outfit to make you feel like a local.

 

Safety is always a concern when traveling! Find out what’s the best anti-theft bag and accessories for travel!

 

 

What are the best shoes for Munich?

 

One unexpected issue that many travelers discover once they get to Europe are the cobblestone streets.

While great to look at, stone streets aren’t always the easiest to walk on and can make for sore feet even if you don’t normally have discomfort. Depending on the city, these streets can also be hilly, slippery when wet, and uneven.

 

Popular shoe options include (click each item below for suggested styles):

 

Read this post about the how to choose the best walking shoes for Europe.

 

Below you’ll find helpful seasonal clothing tips and suggested packing lists that you can use as a guideline to prepare for a trip to Munich:

 

 

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Raincoat | Tee | Jeans | Boots

 

What to Wear in Munich in Spring

 

What is the weather in Munich in Spring (March, April, May)?

 

Alex Says: Spring in Munich can have really unpredictable weather with a mix of rain and warm sunny days. Check the forecast a week before you go and make sure you’re prepared for the rain! That way you can plan the best outfits to pack for Munich and make sure you’re prepared for the right weather.

 

Start by reading these general tips on packing for spring travel:

 

What clothes should I wear in Munich in Spring?

 

As you plan what to wear in Munich in spring, don’t forget to bring a raincoat like one of these and an umbrella that you can carry all the time. Take a summer dress or maxi dress and a light jacket for the warmer days and a pair of jeans with some long-sleeved tops or t-shirts for when it gets slightly colder.

 

For added versatility, these are popular convertible travel dress styles!

 

When planning what to wear in Munich, layers are really important in spring as the temperature can vary dramatically; pack a jacket to go with a range of outfits.

 

Learn the art of how to layering clothes!

 

What shoes should I wear in Munich in spring?

 

If the weather forecast shows rain, we recommend waterproof ankle boots. For sunnier days, opt for comfortable sneakers.

 

 

Munich Packing List for Spring

 

Clothes:

  • Two short sleeve tops
  • Two long sleeve tops
  • Two additional tops
  • One pair of blue jeans
  • One pair of black ponte pants
  • One additional bottom
  • One dress
  • One rain or winter jacket
  • One warm layer
  • Thermals (if very cold)
  • Three socks
  • Ten underwear
  • Three bras
  • One versatile sleep set

 

Shoes:

  • Waterproof ankle boots (sightseeing)
  • Slip on sneakers (sightseeing)
  • Ballet flat (dressing up)
  • Wedges: (optional)

 

 

What to Wear In Munich in Summer

 

 

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Jacket | Minidress | Sandal | Crossbody

 

What is the weather in Munich in Summer (June, July, August)?

 

Alex Says: Usually it’s warm and sunny, but a German summer can be unpredictable so you want your Munich clothes to carry you through whatever the weather. The warmer climate tends to begin in May through July, and Munich is often much hotter than other parts of Germany. Make sure you check the weather, as temperatures can drop drastically and it is likely to rain.

 

Start by reading these general tips on packing for summer travel:

 

What clothes should I wear in Munich in Summer?

 

As you plan what to wear in Munich in summer, remember that layering is crucial. Bring a denim or leather jacket for those colder days or chilly evenings and pack a pair of jeans to be weather-ready at all times. For sunny days, wear a cute summer dress and some comfortable and stylish sandals, and if you’re heading to Isar River then don’t forget your bikini.

 

Take a look at these cute summer dresses for women!

 

When choosing what to bring to Munich, try to plan your outfits based on what you will be doing. If you’re going out to a club in the evening, then make sure you dress to impress. Celebrity hotspots like P1 or Pacha are known for their strict dress codes, so throw on a cute dress and a pair of your best dancing heels if you fancy going there. 0-8-9 is a local, less “Hollywood” hot spot. For a more chilled out evening, head to the University district, where a pair of sandals or ballet flats would work perfectly for a relaxed bar.

 

These are the most cute and comfortable ballet flats for travel!

 

Munich Packing List for Summer

 

Clothes:

  • Three short sleeve and/or sleeveless tops
  • One ¾ sleeve top
  • One additional top
  • Two bottoms
  • One maxi dress
  • Two summer dresses
  • One light rain jacket
  • One light layer
  • Three socks
  • Ten underwear
  • Three bras
  • One versatile sleep set

 

Shoes:

  • Comfortable sandals (sightseeing)
  • Slip on sneakers (sightseeing)
  • Ballet flat (dressing up)
  • Wedges: (optional)

 

 

What to Wear in Munich in Fall

 

 

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Long Sleeve | Jacket | Shirtdress | Sweater | Tights | Scarf | Boots

 

What is the weather in Munich in Fall (September, October, November)?

 

Alex Says: Autumn weather tends to start in late September/ early October where the weather is mild between 10C – 15C. It gets cold in November and December so plan your packing list for Munich accordingly.  

 

Start by reading these general tips on packing for autumn travel:

 

What clothes should I wear in Munich in Fall?

 

I’d recommend a pair of jeans and a nice top, layered with a blazer or leather jacket and a scarf to keep you warm. If you fancy wearing a dress, then pop a pair of tights on your Munich packing list. They roll up small and will help to keep your legs warm from the autumn frost.

 

Dresses are the best item to wear for transitional weather – read more!

 

What shoes should I wear in Munich in fall?

 

As you plan what to wear in Munich in fall, don’t worry about packing heavy winter boots yet. You won’t need them. The weather is cold but hasn’t reached the real chill of winter. Bring closed toe shoes like ankle boots – they’re the best shoes for Europe this time of year and should match your other Munich clothes nicely.

 

Find out TFG’s favorite ankle booties for travel to Europe this Spring!

 

Munich Packing List for Fall

 

Clothes:

  • Two short sleeve tops
  • Two long sleeve tops
  • Two additional tops
  • One pair of blue jeans
  • One pair of black ponte pants
  • Two dresses
  • One rain or winter jacket
  • One warm layer
  • Thermals (if very cold)
  • Three socks
  • Ten underwear
  • Three bras
  • One versatile sleep set

 

Shoes:

  • Waterproof leather boots (sightseeing)
  • Canvas sneakers (sightseeing)
  • Ballet flat (dressing up)
  • Closed toe wedges: (optional)

 

What to wear to Oktoberfest:

 

One of the main attractions for visiting Munich in October is Oktoberfest, which is the world’s largest beer festival and fun fair. If you’re wondering what to wear to Oktoberfest then make note that locals wear a traditional dirndl, which you can buy once you’re in Munich.

This Bavarian dress is a great way to get into the spirit of the event and embrace the local culture. You can buy one cheaply at the store C&A along with a blouse to wear underneath.

To dress like a local, pair the dress with ballet flats – do not wear high heels or sneakers with the Dirndl.  A trendy, yet untraditional option is to wear a pair of lederhosen under the dress.

 

Tip: Be careful which way you tie the bow. To the left means you’re single and to the right means you’re taken!

 

These are the most cute and comfortable ballet flats for travel!

 

Oktoberfest tips:

  • If you want a table at the event, call and reserve at least a few months in advance.
  • Some tents are more popular so even if one is packed it doesn’t mean that all of them will be. Be sure to explore the different tents, as some will be busier than others. Get to the event before noon for the best chance of getting a seat.
  • Book accommodation at least six months in advance, as most places book up right away. Airbnb is a great option, as it’s cheaper than most hotels.
  • Make sure to arrive before noon because it gets busier in the afternoon and evening.

 

 

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Jacket | Boots | Dress | Jeans | Anorak

 

What to wear in Munich in Winter

 

What is the weather in Munich in Winter? (December, January, February)?

 

Alex Says: December through March can get super cold, and while there isn’t a huge amount of rain, it does tend to snow so when you’re organizing your Winter packing list for Munich, make sure you’re well prepared for the cold.  

 

Start by reading these general tips on packing for winter travel:

 

What clothes should I wear in Munich in winter?

 

Wear a pair of pants and a warm sweater to keep the chill off and layer with a winter jacket. If you can’t travel without a dress, then a woolen dress like this one is the best option when deciding what to wear in Munich in the winter months.

 

Find out how to turn any one of your dresses into versatile dresses!

 

A cute scarf is a great option as the additional layer adds warmth and looks stylish, too. Thermals are a must for traveling light (and staying warm) in winter!

 

What shoes should I wear in Munich in Winter?

 

As you prepare what to wear in Munich in the winter, don’t forget a pair of warm and waterproof winter boots. Leather boots with a wool interior will keep your feet warm and dry.

 

Find out why leather boots are some of the best travel shoes to Europe!

 

Munich Packing List for Winter

 

Clothes:

  • Two long sleeve tops
  • Three long sleeve sweaters
  • One additional top
  • One pair of blue jeans
  • One pair of black ponte pants
  • One additional bottom
  • One long sleeve dress
  • One winter jacket
  • One warm layer
  • Thermals
  • Three socks
  • Ten underwear
  • Three bras
  • One versatile sleep set

 

Shoes:

  • Waterproof tall or ankle leather boots (sightseeing)
  • Leather sneakers (sightseeing)
  • Ballet flat or heeled ankle boot (dressing up)
  • Closed toe wedges: (optional)

 

 

What is the Best Luggage for Munich?

 

So the hard part’s out of the way; after much turmoil you’ve finally perfected your packing list for Munich and created a chic capsule collection – now it’s time to get packing! Which luggage will work best for you?

There are various things to consider when choosing the best luggage for Europe including a difference in carry on size, strict weight restrictions, mobility on the cobblestone streets, and long flights of stairs.

The best suitcase to have when traveling Munich is a rigid trolley case, ideally with four castors. The trolley should be divided into two compartments (not just one big compartment) for easy packing. These are easy to travel with on bumpy terrain.

For a European carry on size bag, a backpack is always a safe option. It’s also the perfect fit for those of us who prefer to travel hands-free.

 

 

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Compass Rose Carryon Packing Cubes

 

Depending on how many days or weeks you’re traveling, you may want to use luggage organizers such as packing cubes, which allow optimum use of the space in your luggage, keeping everything organized and in place during your travels, and making the task of unpacking and repacking simple and stress-free.

As you’re headed to fashionable Europe, use an equally stylish carry-on, such as the Osprey Ozone, which is a personal favorite. Keep in mind that most of Europe’s budget airlines have a carry-on bag allowance of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. Always check your airlines individual baggage rules and regulations in advance.

 

Find out the most popular Europe travel bag styles according to our readers along with their tried and tested reviews.

 

 

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Compass Rose Secret Bra Wallet

 

Safety

 

Safety is a big concern whenever you travel, and in busy, touristy areas like Munich, pickpocketing can be a common occurrence. Taking a few safety precautions can help you feel less stressed during your travels.

 

How can I stay safe while traveling in Munich?

 

Be cautious about where you stash your cash so you don’t fall prey to muggings and pickpocketing. Make your clothing theft-proof and choose items with strong zippers. Jeans are handy for this reason: you can put important items, like your wallet and phone, in your front pockets, where it’s very difficult for a wandering hand to snatch it. Add items like the Secret Bra Pocket and Underwear with Pockets to your packing list.

And be mindful of purse snatchers when traveling to major cities in Europe! They either slash the bottom of your bag so the content fall out or slash the strap. Wear your purse strap across your body and the zipper towards the front. For extra security, check out the “theft-proof” bags featured in this post about crossbody purses.

 

These are articles with other suggested anti-theft products:

 

Remember, the safest place for your passport is locked in your accommodation. Carry a photocopy or other ID when you’re sightseeing or are out at night.

 

Read these tips on how to keep your passport safe when you travel!

 

Suggested Anti-Theft Accessories for Munich

  • Bra stash, neck pouch, or money belt with RFID protection
  • Anti-theft crossbody bag
  • Passport case
  • TSA-approved luggage lock
  • Clothing with hidden pockets (like underwear, tops, and scarves)

 

 

Toiletries

 

When traveling to Munich, you’ll need some of the standard, essential toiletries, including:

  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Moisturizer (face and body)
  • Sunscreen
  • Razor
  • Makeup (we recommend keeping it simple: mascara, concealer, and a lip tint that doubles as a blush)
  • Hair ties and bobby pins
  • Dry shampoo

 

Worried that all your toiletries, makeup, skincare, and hair styling tools won’t fit into your suitcase? Read these tips on how to travel size toiletries to learn how to make the most of limited space without sacrificing your routine!

We recommend you take the most important products in travel containers like these and try to either buy basics like shampoo and shower gel in Europe or use the items provided by hotels.

Also, consider your makeup–in many European cities, women opt for natural makeup focusing on a well groomed but not over-the-top appearance.

While a daily salon blow out isn’t necessary, be mindful of your hair and makeup.

 

Find out if it’s necessary to bring a travel blow dryer here.

 

When choosing your styling tools, choose items that have dual voltage and bring along a travel adapter for all your electronics. Just make sure to add all these items to your backpacking packing list for Europe so you don’t forget them.

 

Check out our guide to toiletries for more tips!

 

Where’s the best shopping in Munich?

 

If you need to pop in the shops to buy some more clothes, then head over to Zara or H&M. These stores are great value for money and should have all of your travel essentials.

 

 


Enjoy your trip to Munich!

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Please note: Most of Europe’s Budget Airlines have this Carryon Bag Allowance: 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. Always check your airlines individual baggage rules and regulations in advance.

 


For more tips, please read these Europe packing lists:

 

Suggested travel resources:

 

Please read our Ultimate Packing List for Europe featuring stylish outfits and travel tips for 9 countries!

 

 


 

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